All about Us and a Giveaway!

Welcome!  I’m so excited to be a part of Cuddlebuggery’s blog hop because they were the first book blog I started following!  I’m Amanda and I post here with my sister Holly.

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Gun in Act One was born in homage to our high school English literature teacher (RIP Brother Ruhl) who I can say taught me to really read well and taught us both to read Chekhov.  Important lesson-If there’s a gun on the wall in Act One, it’s going to go off by Act Five.

The decision to start a book blog was made over a glass of wine while I was visiting Holly’s house in Virginia.  This has been an awesome hobby to have together, despite the fact that we live way too many miles apart.  We continually find ourselves hilarious though our spouses sadly don’t always agree. (Holly interjection – psssh. Sad for them!)

I live in Chicago with my husband, 4 year-old daughter and insane labrabeast.  Holly lives in Virginia with her husband and much maligned dog, who they generally refer to just as doggie.  (Holly interjection – she is the meanest, laziest, prettiest dog you will ever see. Probably from a distance because she doesn’t want to be your friend.) We both like to cook, love to travel, and try to stay healthy by running, sometimes after the 4 year-old. We’re happy to sit down and chat about pretty much anything over a glass of wine.  We’re staunchly pro-women and despite the Gun in the Title we’re not really fans of those.  Despite what this might sound like we’re very different too!

I, Amanda, tend to post more reviews because I have lots of commuting time to read and I will generally try any book you put in front of me (with some exceptions).  Holly is, shall we say, more selective?  She can’t always be bothered to read what doesn’t sound wonderful, which is why I harass her to follow my book obsessions. Ex. 1. Lumatere , Ex 2. Feed.  Maybe I sometimes purchase books to send to her kindle to make her read them.  Maybe.  Holly posts more discussion posts because she’s basically the smartest person I know and she’s full of profound thoughts (and hilarious).

One of our new favorite things to do is read a book together for review.  The first book we read was Robert Galbraith, a/k/a J.K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling.  This mystery is far from the Hogwarts scene you might expect from Rowling but we loved it and we especially loved Cormoran Strike, the hero of this new series.

We’re giving away a copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling so that you can fall for Strike too! US only please-sorry we have to keep the dogs in biscuits and the 4 year-old in books too and postage is expensive!  To enter, either follow us on WordPress (see the button on the top right) or on Bloglovin. Then, click the Rafflecopter link below to tell us how you follow Gun In Act One. You can get a second Rafflecopter entry by leaving us a comment below – tell us your favorite book or series, favorite ice cream, or favorite high school English teacher!  Enter again by following one of us or both on twitter!

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15 Comments

  1. You guys are hilarious!! What are you eating in that picture? Is it a sandwich or ice cream cause either way it looks delicious!! I wish my sister was cool enough to run a book blog with…she doesnt even read!! Blasphemy i know! Nice to meet you. come visit me @ pleasefeedthebookworm.com

    ~Britt

  2. Oh my god yes MAKE HER READ THEM!! The Lumatere Chronicles and Feed (oh wait better check one…) were two fo my all time favourite reads this year and I can’t BELIEVE I only just discovered them! The Anderson Feed was quite good if I recall, but I’m talking about The Newsflesh Trilogy which I freaking LOVE. Seriously. Those two series are literally the top 2 choices for best reads this year (I cheat and make series count as one book haha)

  3. Chekhov was brilliant! Love your blog title.

    Feed freaked me out! Love a book that can bury itself so deeply in your imagination.

    My current favorite series is Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycles. I’m a huge YA reader, although I’ll try grown up books every so often! 🙂

    So nice to meet you through the bloghop!

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